Fifty-three illegal immigrants from Afghanistan, including women and children, were captured by the gendarmerie in Turkey’s western province of Canakkale on Monday while they were attempting to illegally travel to the nearby Greek island of Lesbos.
The gendarmerie team stopped a bus carrying the 53 migrants near the village of Guzelyali in Canakkale. The bus driver were also arrested.
The immigrants stated that they came from Istanbul and intended to illegally enter Greece. After being questioned, the immigrants were brought to the Foreigners Deportation Centre for further processing.
An average of 300 refugees and migrants land on the coasts of the Greek island of Lesbos every day, according to Greek media reports.
Two hundred and fifty immigrants from Syria, Afghanistan, Iran and Pakistan attempting to illegally travel to the Greek island of Kos were captured by the Turkish Coast Guard in town of Bodrum in Mugla province on May 31.
An estimated 1,500 people arrived on the shores of Kos in the last two weeks of May, the Daily Mail reported.
According to the Hellenic coastguard, more than 40,000 migrants and refugees entered Greece between January and May 2015 and the number is expected to rise.